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Following the cleaning of Rubens's 'Het Steen', the next stage in the painting's journey was a structural repair of the panel.

Watch Conservator and panel specialist Britta New explain how she will approach the repair: 

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After the condition of the panel was assessed, the next step was to repair the splits, and look at how best to support the panel, as due to its size and fragility, it needed a new secondary reinforcement to be fabricated.

Click through the images to see how Britta and the team carried out this complex stage of the repair:

Follow 'Het Steen's' journey through Conservation in future episodes of our 'Behind the scenes' series.

Watch other episodes in the series:

Cleaning Rubens's 'Het Steen'
Find out what Larry Keith discovered when he removed 75 years’ worth of discoloured varnish from Rubens’s 'Het Steen'
Retouching Rubens's 'Het Steen'
After months of restoration, Larry Keith unveils the newly retouched 'Het Steen' in the Conservation Studio
Restoring the Gallery's oldest painting
Kristina Mandy shows the steps involved in restoring a painting that is over 750-years-old
After centuries apart, two Rubens masterpieces will be brought back together. We go behind the scenes to find out more
An altarpiece in need of attention
One of the most complex structural conservation projects in the history of the Gallery: Giovanni Martini da Udine’s ‘The Virgin and Child with Saints’
Watch how it took a small army of people to clean, repair and restore one of our largest paintings, Van Dyck's 'Equestrian Portrait of Charles I'
A project supported by the Getty Foundation
Sharing knowledge with international colleagues
Learn about the restoration of one of our highlight paintings, by Artemisia Gentileschi
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